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Friday Flora 20.10.17

Sure there are blooms still coming and going in Autumn but it is this time of year when all a garden’s flaws come to the fore. This is invariably due to a lack of form – the shapes and configurations of evergreen backdrops and planting structures. Without a good sprinkling of seedheads, architectural plants, or even a greenhouse of tender plants and succulents, the garden is going to look bear and drab until Spring.

rudbeckias in autumnRudbeckias are a sensationally colourful mass which then become a textured crowd of bobbing brown cephlapods – best kept in situ until they become a flattened, damp mat

stonecrop sedum
stonecrops are made for stone pots

Since they come in so many different shapes and heights as well as being very undemanding plants, Sedums provide carpets of interest and quite a few are late bloomers too.

In fact, fleshy foliage from sedums, succulents and cacti draw my attention more and more – perhaps its an age thing when we appreciate the beauty of strange and often superficially ugly forms. Their immobile nature creates a strong sense of stillness especially when collected together – something to meditate upon and watch the spiders use them as weaving looms.

FF_newzealand_flax_october 2107Phormiums are statuesque and have lovely leaf detail though they are prone to grow up and outward to eye-prodding level so I have some reservationsFF_grassheads_october 2107

Ornamental grasses of all heights with seedheads that reach for the blue skies of Autumn or swish and shimmy in October winds are simply marvellous

and seen in monochrome, akin to Japanese brushwork.

grassheads monochrome - like japanese painting
 Ah! Summer grasses!
All that remains
Of the warriors’ dreams
Matsuo Bassho

Here endeth today’s  Friday Flora! A recent visit to Myddelton House brought out the gardener-without-a-garden behind the camera. Wishing all a Happy Friday – storm Brian is planning to ruffle our hair this weekend.

Related post:
Focus on blooms – Friday Flora 13.10.17

Cacti are not just strange fibrous forms lying in stillness as evidenced by this time lapse of their exotic flowering
Home of renowned English plantsman, painter and botanist A. E. Bowles (1865 to 1954)-Myddelton House Gardens